Misery and whine: 9 of the saddest and un-Christmassy Christmas specials ever made

Think this is a time for goodwill to all men? Not in these bleak-as-they-come festive TV episodes

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Christmas is the perfect time of year to gather around the TV to watch some uplifting and joyful festive TV.

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Sadly someone forgot to tell this lot. Death, divorce and destruction were all served up alongside the sprouts in these 9 utterly un-festive TV specials:

1. Downton Abbey, Christmas special (2012)

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Julian Fellowes has a lot to answer for. The nation’s Christmas was ruined back in 2012 when a seemingly jolly episode of Downton Abbey turned into a complete disaster. No sooner had Matthew Crawley became a father and met his newborn son that he was unceremoniously killed in a car accident. We’d had zero warning, no-one had seen it coming and Downton fans were left sobbing into their brandy. For most, Christmas 2012 was as dead as the turkey.